Mr. LIEBERMAN. Mr. President, I want to thank Senator Reid, and, of course, thank Senator Collins. We have again worked very closely together. I thank the staff on both sides who worked very hard, and I thank all of our colleagues.
I know it took a lot of effort, because people have strong opinions about the crisis in the Postal Service of the United States, but we have ended with a process here that will allow a discussion and votes on a wide range of amendments on both sides. I would say based on the knowledge we have of this list that not all of these amendments listed will actually require rollcall votes.
We will be working over the weekend trying to see if we can find common ground, accept some of these amendments or modify them. But bottom line, this consent agreement, though we are not there yet, gives me great hope that the Senate is going to prove that we are capable of taking on a crisis situation which the post office is in, losing $13 billion plus over the last 2 years. If we do not do anything, it is only going to get worse and a lot of people are going to lose their jobs and a lot of people who depend on the mail are not going to get it in the same way.
This is a bill that will provide an orderly reform that will keep the post office not only alive but change it so it can survive throughout the 21st century.
Senator Collins and I will be here at noon on Monday to debate any of the amendments people want to come to debate. I believe I am speaking for both of us in saying--I know I am--that after the votes Monday afternoon unrelated to this matter, we are prepared to remain here into the evening to continue debating amendments before the actual votes occur on Tuesday afternoon.
Again, I thank everyone involved, particularly Senator Collins.
I yield the floor.